Boston Bruins: Top Prospects For Staying the Course

The Boston Bruins will most likely find a way to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again this season, but they will most likely falter because of a lack of depth. Boston has not drafted well over the years and that is why they have nothing other than Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak.

The Bruins do have some young players that have made some names for themselves already this season. Jack Studnicka, Urho Vaakanainen, Trent Frederic, Dan Vladar, and Oskar Steen. The head coach of the Boston Bruins is Bruce Cassidy and he has done a tremendous job of putting those guys into the lineup and making them exceed.

Boston’s current general manager is Don Sweney. Sweney’s club is having a fine season in the East Division. They are currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 16-8-4 record with 36 points so far this season.

The Boston Bruins have one of the weaker prospect pools in the entire NHL. Who are some of the top prospects in Boston’s system?

Jakub Lauko

Lauko was a third-round pick (77th overall selection) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He is probably going to be another potential third or fourth-line forward for the Boston Bruins, who probably won’t produce much in the NHL.

Jakub Lauko is considered one of the better prospects in the Boston Bruins farm system and this is where it is currently. The state of this farm system isn’t in good condition and it needs to be improved big time. Lauko is currently in the AHL with the Providence Bruins.

He started the year with Karlovy Vary HC in the Czech League. In 25 games with them, Jakub Lauko five goals and recorded five assists. His plus/minus was -11.

In 13 games so far this season with the Providence Bruins in the AHL, Lauko has scored five goals and has recorded eight assists. His plus/minus is 13. He is only 20 years old.

Curtis Hall

Hall was a fourth-round pick (#119th overall selection) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He is currently playing in the AHL with the Providence Bruins. Curtis Hall played the last two seasons with Yale University (NCAA, ECAC) in collegiate hockey.

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He will potentially be a depth centerman for the Boston Bruins down the line. Hall is only 20 years old and may have the highest upside out of Boston’s current prospects. In only two games so far this season in Providence in the AHL, he has yet to score a goal or record an assist. His plus/minus rating is -1.

Curtis Hall will need some to develop in the AHL with the Providence Bruins before playing games with the Boston Bruins in the NHL.

Jeremy Swayman

Swayman was the 111th overall pick (fourth-round selection) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He is 22-years-old and is one of the top goalie prospects in the Boston Bruins organization.

Jeremy Swayman and Dan Vladar will be competing for the Boston Bruins starting goalie job down the road because Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak may not be in Boston this past season.

Swayman is the heartbeat of the Providence Bruins. He is currently playing in the AHL after playing the last three seasons in collegiate hockey with the University of Maine Black Bears (NCAA, H-East).

In seven games played with the Providence Bruins so far this season in the AHL, his record is 7-0 with a .942 save percentage and a 1.57 GAA, along with one shutout.

Jeremy Swayman may have a higher ceiling than Dan Vladar does down the line for the Boston Bruins. Swayman is just athletic, but it seems as if the battles between him and Vladar will be something the fan base will be interested in moving forward here.

Who do you think are some of the top prospects in the Boston Bruins farm system? Leave a comment below.

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